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RATINGS: 2332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Like Hunter S. Thompson...Gonzo Imperial Porter is deep and complex. This turbo charged version of the Road Dog Porter is mysteriously dark with a rich malty body, intense roasted flavors, and a surprisingly unique hop kick. With Gonzo weighing in at 9.2% ABV, it will bite you in the ass if you donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Dont know what makes this imperial, but it is damn good. Murky black with some slight tan head. Aroma is roastiness, cocoa, anise, and maybe some coffee. Taste is a perfect blend of roast and cocoa that finishes drier than Oscar Wilde. Nice hop presence at the end. Medium-thick body with low carbonation. So silky smooth on the tongue. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Bottle from HopsOrDie. Pours black with a dense and compact brown head which leaves good lacing behind. Aroma is very roasted grain, chocolate and perhaps a bit of licorice. Medium to full bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation. Very coating on the palate. Flavors follow suit to aroma with over-roasted grain and chocolate being predominant. Very nice hop bitterness sneaks out in the finish but doesnít overpower. Quite well done.
Have had several bottles since original rating, most were infected. Gushers on opening, full of phenolic/bandaid aroma and in taste. Wonít support the brewery any longer. This rating is from the no-infected sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
Opaque black color with a thin brown head. Wonderful hoppy, tangy flavor (especially at the finish) malts most prominently of coffee. Smokey flavor overll. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Very nice complex imperial porter with a medium to full body. Full of chocolate and coffee. Pours black with medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, wood and grapefruit. Variety of flavors including chocolate, roasted coffee, grapefruit, sweet fruits and a slight bitterness at the finish. You canít detect the alcohol despite the high ABV. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Surprisingly hoppy nose that is both woody and fruity. Notes of wet firewood, smoke, earth, dark chocolate and grapefruity citrus. Rounded mouthfeel that moves from chocolate chip and roasted coffee to caramel, toffee and candy. Soft mouthfeel. Slightly warming finish is only hint of high ABV. A creative and complex tribute to a creative and complex man.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Dark brown oily head atop an abyss of inky darkness. You can almost smell tomorrowís hangover, but the chocolate malts overpower that. Full bodied and very malty, yet not sweet. Nice crisp finish leads to a roasty aftertaste. And, damn...that is a great label. And the cause is good too ^.^

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Opaque dark black appearance, excellent head formation. Rich, creamy, roasty coffee aroma. Thickish, creamy palate. Creamy flavor, fruity berry flavor, mild roasted coffee. Raosty coffee finish with berry sweetness. This is a pretty tastey porter that drinks pretty easily in spite of its alcohol conten.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
This Baltic porter pours a deep black color from a 12 oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, grapefruit and wood. A medium to full bodied Baltic Porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are grapefruit and surprisingly bitter for a Baltic. Seems to work though. Lots of fruity flavors; orange, grapefruit and citrus. Nice balance. Hides the 9,5% alcohol very well. Hunter would be proud. But unlike the Lagunitas Gonzo I didnít see any batsÖ although I am not sure just what those lizards are doing on the ceiling. I donít think I want to disturb what they appear to be doing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Huge coffee mocha aroma, with a mix of pine as well. Deep, dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee flavors with a hop bite at the end. This all blended well into a silky smooth beer experience. The ABV was noticed as it warmed, but otherwise, this big brew goes down dangerously smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Iíve had a couple of these but have not had a chance to rate until now. Pours a deep dark, opaque chocolate brown with red hints at the edges. Medium foamy head (light brown). The aroma has light citrus hops, roasted malt, and seems fairly thick. The flavor held in the creamy/well balanced body starts with some lightly citrus hops and a hint of sweetness. This moves to toasty malts, coffee, unsweet coco, and ends with a sharp hint. Not to bad.

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